One hel­luva storm

The rain hit hard and caused se­ri­ous dam­age around the re­gion...

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By CAROLYN ARCHER

DE­SPITE a death and three res­cues from flooded road­ways across the re­gion at the week­end, driv­ers have con­tin­ued to ig­nore the “if it’s flooded, for­get it,” mes­sage.

As heavy rain again fell Mon­day af­ter­noon, Ed­die and Zeny Herold had to aban­don their car af­ter it was washed off the side of Bund­aberg-Gin Gin Rd near Bingera Mill.

Mr Herold said he was fol­low­ing a four-wheel drive when the wa­ter rose rapidly and swept their car off the road.

“It started twist­ing and I tried to hold it,” he said.

“We were lucky we got out.”

Mr Herold said it was a les­son learnt for him and he urged other mo­torists to be care­ful and not to be tempted to cross flood­wa­ters.

On Sun­day night a 20-year-old Bund­aberg woman man­aged to es­cape un­in­jured af­ter driv­ing into flood­wa­ters north of Childers.

Friends of the woman said she came around a sharp bend on Farns­field Rd and didn’t see the flood­wa­ters un­til it was too late.

She was lucky to make it out be­fore her car was washed away.

On the NewsMail’s Face­book page Stacy Ali­cia said “the per­son that was driv­ing didn’t know there was wa­ter, there was no rain at the time and it was dark”.

“Yes very lucky af­ter what hap­pened and the per­son is fine, just very shaken up,” she wrote.

“There were no signs on the road say­ing the road was closed nor were there any lights around, just headlights. And even then it’s hard to see around there.”

Childers Po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Ge­off Fay said po­lice went to Farns­field Rd af­ter the car was washed into the Gre­gory River about 9pm Sun­day.

He said the woman called her mother to let her know she had es­caped from the car but her mo­bile phone bat­tery went dead and, when her mother couldn’t get through again, alerted po­lice.

Childers and Bund­aberg po­lice at­tended the scene and swift­wa­ter res­cue teams were on standby, but the woman was not there.

She had man­aged to call her sis­ter to pick her up and they were 6km from Bund­aberg when they ran out of petrol and again called their mother for help.

Sgt Fay said ul­ti­mately driv­ers needed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions and drive to the con­di­tions.

“In times when there are warn­ings or se­ri­ous storms, peo­ple should stick to the routes that they know, stick to the main roads,” he said.

“If some­thing does oc­cur gen­er­ally there are other peo­ple around who can of­fer as­sis­tance even if it’s just to alert emer­gency ser­vices.

“We can’t help them if we don’t know about it.

“A lot of ru­ral roads have a lot of low level cross­ings; they come up and down with­out warn­ing.”

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

OFF ROAD: Ed­die and Zeny Herold had a close call when their car was washed off the Bund­aberg-Gin Gin Rd by flood­wa­ter.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

FOR­GET IT: A sub­merged car in the Gre­gory River on Farns­field Road.

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